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Firmly Rooted - I want to Grow by Tori Carver

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or this month’s flower spotlight, I thought I would introduce you to my supporting cast. Although these flowers don’t have a starring role, they certainly make every bouquet shine. In the flower farmer/florist world, they are called “secondary flowers” and they are utilized for their shape and texture in addition to their color. Shapes include circular disks, spikes or spires, globes or pods, and airy accents. Their varying shapes and textures are designed to give the bouquet depth and pull the eye toward different areas of the bouquet, and several elements provide movement within the bouquet A few of the secondary/filler flowers I currently grow are feverfew, pincushion, black-eyed susan, yarrow, zinnia, marigold, snapdragon, celosia, amaranth, cosmos, dara (chocolate Queen Anne’s lace), strawflower, globe amaranth, statice, sweet william, chinese forget-me-nots, nigella, and phlox. Some of these would probably classify as greenery and filler, but that’s an article for another day. Do not think for a moment that because these flowers are secondary to the showier flowers like peonies, sunflowers, or dahlias that they are any less important. Much like 1 Corinthians 12 describes the body of Christ and how we all have specific gifts designed to glorify the Lord, each flower brings a unique quality to a bouquet. No spiritual gift is more important than the other, and technically, each gift can work separately and independently from the others and be effective. Just like a stunningly beautiful vase of tulips en masse. But, when we put our gifts together for the advancement of the kingdom of God, it’s really something to behold! Just like a bouquet filled with flowers of varying size, texture, and shape.

I try to think about that when I’m building a bouquet. I want each little flower to be seen and appreciated. I suppose that’s why I grow such a variety. Truthfully, it’s a challenge to grow so many varieties and I have considered cutting back and only growing seven or eight. But at the beginning of each season, I think about the little globe amaranth balls and how cute they are popping their little round heads up through the dahlias, or the snapdragons poking their tips above the sunflowers just trying to be noticed, or even the cosmos or feverfew as they dance above a bouquet when the breeze catches them, and I decide all over again that I must grow them. In fact, if you think the list of flowers I do grow is long, you should see the list of flowers I WANT to grow. It’s a passion that my family would call an obsession. I suppose it’s a good thing to be obsessed about, right? If you’d like to follow along with my flower farming journey, you can find me on Facebook and Instagram at Firmly Rooted Flower Farm. I also have a new website wwwFirmlyRootedFlowerFarm.com where I am currently taking orders for summer bouquet subscriptions. If you miss out on the limited subscriptions, don’t worry because, God willing, there will be lots of glorious, home-grown, fresh flower bouquets available for porch pick up all summer long.

Victoria (Tori) Carver is a flower farmer. From the thousand bulbs and plants that she puts in the ground each year she creates lovely bouquets. Many enjoy her flowers in their home each week. She has established a subscription program for her customers or a honor-system bouquet sales for random purchases. Tori and her husband and children make their home in Clayton, where they are a treasured part of the community. If you are interested in Firmly Rooted Flower Farm please reach out by email to firmlyrootedflowerfarm@gmail.com or phone 706-490-0041. You will also enjoy their website at www.firmlyrootedflowerfarm.com 32 - www.laurelofnortheastgeorgia.com - June 2022